Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier confirmed he was dealing with another MCL sprain, but also said he was hoping for a quicker return than the last time he had this injury.
Shazier injured his knee in the opener, came back to play the following week, but aggravated it in Week Three. He missed last week’s game against the Jets, and missed four games with a similar injury in 2014.
“It’s definitely feeling a lot better than two to three weeks ago,” Shazier said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m doing everything I can to make sure I have everything covered.”
The Steelers have two more games before their bye week, but Shazier isn’t ruling out a return before their Nov. 6 game at Baltimore.
“When you’re a player, and you’ve been going through a lot, it’s hard for anybody to sit out,” Shazier said. “I feel like I was ready to go, and then it happened. When we played Cincinnati, I was fine. This is a tough game, and things happen.”
“When you miss a lot of time, you hear stuff from people. I pride myself in being a competitor. I just want to be out there every time I can.”
Shazier has missed 13 of a possible 37 career games because of injuries, so he should be used to hearing some degree of it.